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Avoid Mistakes Building Your Website

  • “Build it and they will come” is totally erroneous in the website world. If your congregation is building a website, you will need to develop a communications strategy that includes marketing the website.
  • Technology is not the most important facet of developing a website. Prioritize...
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Learning Website Basics

For website strategy, start with the article Designing Your Congregation’s Website. Learn good practices from other congregations by reading What Makes A Good Church Website.

A go-to online resource for the Center for Congregations IT Director is Lauren Hunter’s website Church Tech...

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Websites: Ask Yourself

  • What is your budget? 
  • What are your goals for the website? To share information, gather new information, reach new people, advertise, etc.
  • Who will maintain the site? Can they devote enough time to this work?

Why Invest in a Website?

Websites are now the “front door” for congregations, and having a web presence is no longer optional. Visitors often search for a new church home using the internet. Investing the right resources in a website can help your congregation draw in new visitors and better interact with...

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What makes for a good congregational website? Of course, “good” may be in the eye of the user. Yet, there are some commonly accepted standards. This blog from Illinois-based ReFrame Media provides...

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Public relations professional Lauren Hunter is the founder of Church Tech Today, an online resource concerned with congregational use of technology as a communications tool. Hunter says Church Tech...

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The Transforming Church Insight (TCI) assessment tool has been a helpful learning tool for many different kinds of congregations. The tool has proven helpful because it focuses on topics often not...

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The Church Assessment Tool (CAT), created by {{Holy Cow Consulting |}}, helps those seeking accurate data in preparation for one or more of the following: pastoral...

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It’s been said that the website is the congregation’s new front door. A current, user-friendly website is a must for a congregation. The website needs to make a great first impression and function...

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Mark Stephenson, known nationally as the “Church Cyber-guy,” has been a volunteer leader since 1997 at Ginghamsburg UMC where he developed a website that hosts more than 50,000 visitors per month...

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As a church communications specialist, Yvon Prehn says her objective is to assist congregations that are seeking to “fulfill the Great Commission.” Prehn’s Effective Church Communications (ECC)...

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We now know that people first get to know your congregation through your website. We also know that there is an abundance of web development resources. The quality of these resources vary greatly....

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Lynne Baab’s overriding desires are that congregations become clear about who they are and what they believe - their values, principles, mission, and goals - and that congregations accurately...

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Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries, the term used on the denominational website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), guides the user to a general category page as well as...

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“Asiamerica” is the term used by The Episcopal Church to describe both Asian immigrants in the United States as well as Asian Americans born in the United States - Chinese, Filipino, Japanese,...

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Intercultural Ministries, the link to ethnic/racial events, news, personnel, and resources of the Church of the Brethren, is easily accessed through the A-Z site map on their web page. Part of...

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“Whether you grew up observing Shabbat every Friday night, or had your first taste of matzo ball soup when you married into a Jewish family, the ways you can incorporate Judaism and Jewish culture...

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Read and download free articles from the congregational resource center of the Southern Baptist Convention. With more than 200 entries to choose from, ministry leaders are likely to find...

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This website helps parishes “find resources about living as communities of salt and light.” The foundation of the site is the statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...

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Produced by the United Methodist Church (UMC), this webpage provides a variety of resources for congregations to learn and mobilize for “genuine transformative ministry with the poor.” Ministry...

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Addressing hunger and poverty, the environment, health and wellness, corporate social responsibility, peace-building, racial justice, women’s rights, and science and technology, the ELCA’s vision...

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Groundswell, a project of Auburn Theological Seminary, is an online community that provides digital tools and training for people of faith to mobilize and advocate using social media and the...

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The Reconciliation Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is an acknowledgment of the division and misshapen self-understanding that racism has caused within the church. It is a...

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Single adults constitute a significant portion of the adult population yet congregations can easily miss the ministry potential they represent. This site is a treasure trove of information on the...

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